paranoid personality

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par·a·noid per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der

1. a personality disorder that is less debilitating than paranoid or delusional paranoid disorder; the essential feature is a pervasive and unwarranted tendency, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, to misinterpret the actions of others as deliberately exploitive, harmful, demeaning, or threatening.
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

paranoid personality

a personality characterized by paranoia.

par·a·noid per·son·al·i·ty

(par'ă-noyd pĕr'sŏn-al'i-tē)
A personality disorder characterized by hypersensitivity, rigidity, unwarranted suspicion, jealousy, and a tendency to blame others and ascribe evil motives to them; although neither a neurosis nor psychosis, it interferes with the person's ability to maintain interpersonal relationships.


(per?son-al'it-e) [L. personalitas]
The unique organization of traits, characteristics, and modes of behavior of an individual, setting that individual apart from others and at the same time determining how others react to the individual. Synonym: persona (2) See: personality test

alternating personality

Dissociative identity disorder.

anal personality

In Freudian psychology, a personality disorder marked by excessive orderliness, stinginess, and obstinacy. If carried to an extreme, these qualities lead to the development of obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Synonym: anal characteristic

borderline personality

See: borderline personality disorder

callous-unemotional personality

Abbreviation: CU
A group of personality traits including lack of empathy, manipulativeness, and remorselessness. These traits are considered to be indicators of conduct disorder in childhood and adolescence and are uniquely characteristic of antisocial personality disorder in adults.

compulsive personality

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

distressed personality

Type D personality.

double personality

Dissociative identity disorder.

extroverted personality

See: extrovert

inadequate personality

A personality type in which the individual is ineffective and is physically and emotionally unable to cope with the normal stress of living.

introverted personality

See: introvert (1)

modal personality

The individual traits or characteristics typical of the society in which a person lives.

multiple personality

A term formerly used for dissociative identity disorder. See: dissociative identity disorder

obsessive-compulsive personality

Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

paranoid personality

Paranoid personality disorder.

psychopathic personality

Antisocial personality disorder.

type A personality

See: behavior

type B personality

See: behavior

type D personality

A personality type in which the individual is inhibited and uncomfortable in social situations, has difficulty making friends, and who tends to experience, but repress, feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, and discontent with others. Some studies have found correlations between this personality type and an increased risk of atherosclerotic vascular disease.
Synonym: distressed personality
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Because persons with paranoid personality disorder are hyperalert, they notice any slight and may take offense where none is intended.
People suffering from paranoid personality disorder tend to harbor delusional distrust of others.
Five-factor descriptions of paranoid personality disorder and other diagnoses that involve odd or eccentric behavior may be improved by rewording the openness-to-experience items to address such peculiarities directly, Widiger says, Auke Tellegen, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, has completed such a revision and changed the name of the dimension from "opennessto-experience" to "unconventionality,"
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Appeal judges ruled Martin, 56, had a paranoid personality disorder when he killed Fred Barras with a pump-action shotgun at his squalid farmhouse.
A psychiatrist told his appeal hearing that he suffered from a paranoid personality disorder.
The appeal judges have heard fresh evidence relating to where Martin was standing when he fired the shots and whether he could be said to have acted reasonably in self-defence, given the state of his mind - described by Dr Joseph as a paranoid personality disorder.
The single mum - who has a paranoid personality disorder and criminal damage convictions - also clashed with neighbours and other relatives, JPs heard.
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